Mayfield Independent Schools Assistant Superintendent Joe Henderson has been promoted to lead the system.
His predecessor Lonnie Burgett announced his plans for retirement last year after serving more than two decades in the post.
Working in the Mayfield school system since 2001, Henderson has served as a health instructor, football coach, principal and instructional programs director.
As Assistant Superintendent, Henderson has helped the system increase the district’s graduation rate from 73 percent to 94 percent over five years. Mayfield High School’s college and career readiness has also increased from 23 percent to nearly 73 percent, 10 points above the state average.
“The success of the district is a result of the commitment and hard work by all stakeholders,” Henderson said in a press release. “The family atmosphere and the relationships our employees have with our students are second to none.”
Henderson holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University and a master’s from Murray State.
He was chosen from a list of three finalists and begins his duties as superintendent June 30.